May I suggest a formal "fit for duty" clause in your policies and procedures. Perhaps one not so stringent as the Tennessee Valley Authority, but close to it if the lab includes: flammables, reactive chemicals, compressed gases, and the usually litany of incompatible chemicals. Please note, for most firms, arriving at the work site with the smell of alcohol on one's breath normally triggers a "reasonable suspicion" BAT.
Please let me know if you want a examples of "fit for duty" language.
From: "Kennedy, Sheila"
Sent: Feb 3, 2014 12:53 PM
A colleague from another department asked if we had any written policy regarding returning to lab work after drinking alcohol, whether a beer for lunch or working after happy hour...
I don't think we have anything that says "show up for work sober" but I'll be looking.
Does your department or institution have such?
Sheila Kennedy, C.H.O.
UCSD Chemistry & Biochemistry
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